About Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is a software program, developed by Microsoft and sold as part of the Microsoft 365 suite. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.

Features of the Microsoft Excel application include user friendly formatting options that make formatting numbers and data easier, pattern matching and value lists that save time when typing in information by using an interface similar to filling in a form, and custom number formats that allow users to add leading zeroes or change number separators.

Pricing starting from:

US$6.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany , United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch , English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian

Pricing starting from:

US$6.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Microsoft Excel

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Features

Total features of Microsoft Excel: 14

  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Customisable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualisation
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • File Sharing
  • Notes Management
  • Offline Access
  • Real-time Updates
  • Search/Filter
  • Templates

Alternatives

Google Sheets

4.7
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Numbers

4.4
#2 Alternative to Microsoft Excel
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Apache OpenOffice

4.4
#3 Alternative to Microsoft Excel
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LibreOffice

4.3
#4 Alternative to Microsoft Excel
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Reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5
(17,429)
Value for Money
4.6/5
Features
4.7/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support
4.3/5

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Fernando Manoel
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Best spreadsheet ever

Reviewed on 5/8/2022

I work with several DBMS for data modeling, however, when it is direct information from specific...

I work with several DBMS for data modeling, however, when it is direct information from specific systems, I treat all my data with Excel. I create powerful applications using only Excel, its native functions and VBA programming. I am very satisfied with this program.

Pros

Excel is by far the best datasheet ever created. It has numerous functions for processing and calculating data in addition to being very powerful with massive data work. The functionality for exporting and importing information is also great and has many features.

Cons

I have nothing to complain about Excel when it comes to working, processing and generating information through data.

Alternatives Considered

Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is the most complete, versatile and integrative spreadsheet of all. There are many other good tools, but Excel is the easiest to work with and integrate with other applications.
Hammad Anis
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  • Industry: Civil Engineering
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Microsoft excel software that makes data calculation and viewing simple

Reviewed on 29/8/2022

I adore Excel's user interface, computation features, and data visualization possibilities. I track...

I adore Excel's user interface, computation features, and data visualization possibilities. I track the progress of the projects using this spreadsheet application, find any gaps, and take the necessary action. Along with computing the dues, I also need to keep track of the overall amount of work completed and payments thus far. Moreover, this software is incredibly simple to use and has amazing power. There are numerous tutorials available to me if I get stuck somewhere. Things are now more interactive thanks to Office 365 because you may export your analysis to PowerPoint or MSWord. Additionally, I can visualize data using maps and icons with the aid of programs like PowerUser. The great additional features included by Power User also assist me in managing the test results of my training participants, such as Vlookup Max. Excel's graph management is also much superior to Google Sheets'. Transferring such graphs in PowerPoint is more practical because, for some reason, Google Slides blurs the graphs a little.

Pros

The best and most convenient way to organize data is in table format. I like how simple this software is to use to enter the numbers I've collected over the course of the year, and how it serves as a handy reference to keep my numbers organized. Moreover, I enjoy utilizing the pre-built formulas and adding them to the database. Important fields can be color-coded, which is a useful feature.

Cons

It's inevitable that small human errors will be made when a spreadsheet has a lot of data. It can be very challenging to spot those errors later. Moreover, When utilizing the software, some error messages can be challenging to understand, and sometimes the functions require complicated variables to be entered.

Alternatives Considered

Apache OpenOffice

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Excel

Due to the unique feature of offline usage/access, drag and drop features, and design management features.
Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Design
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

A relic, which we can't get rid of just yet

Reviewed on 18/8/2022

I would use every possibility to use other services that are more modern. I do try to lean people...

I would use every possibility to use other services that are more modern. I do try to lean people away from using it wherever possible.

Pros

People generally know how to use a basic excel sheet, going beyond that is another matter.
For working out complex budgets though this is probably still your best bet.

Cons

Getting beyond anything more than just the basics can have an incredible learning curve which makes it unacessible to most. I've come across seasoned professionals that have no idea how it works, while those who can master an excel often leap ahead of other team members.

Ajit Johnson
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  • Industry: Biotechnology
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Excel: The Best Way to Organize Your Data

Reviewed on 19/6/2022

I have had a positive experience with Microsoft Excel. It is a powerful tool that has helped me to...

I have had a positive experience with Microsoft Excel. It is a powerful tool that has helped me to be more efficient and organized in my work. I have used it to create spreadsheets, track data, and perform various calculations. It is user-friendly and has multiple features that make it a valuable tool for anyone who needs to work with a small amount of data.

Pros

I use Excel almost on a daily basis. I like many things about it, but some of my favorite features are the ability to quickly create charts and graphs and the ability to perform quick calculations. I also like the fact that Excel is very user-friendly and with advanced features that are easy to learn.

Cons

Sometimes the auto-formatting can be disadvantageous, for example in my case it auto-formats "Gene Names" into dates.

Alternatives Considered

Numbers

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Excel

Firstly, Excel is a very popular software program and is used by many businesses and individuals (The large user base has made every task one google away). Secondly, Excel is relatively easy to use and has a lot of features and functionality. Finally, Excel is often bundled with other Microsoft Office products, so it may be a more cost-effective option for some users.
Amanda
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  • Industry: Accounting
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Excel just makes life better

Reviewed on 15/9/2022

Having multiple reports to create and a large amount of data to sort out I would not want to have...

Having multiple reports to create and a large amount of data to sort out I would not want to have to do this without excel, that's for sure. Pivot tables for instance, dramatically cut downtime spent trying to figure out what it is I need at that time. It's done almost instantly, it really is great.

Pros

When I started using excel several years ago I had never seen it or anything like it before. Now I could not imagine life without it. I use it in my spare time just for fun. The features are incredible. I learn something new everyday and it's exciting, especially for someone in my profession where many tasks are time sensitive. Everything about it makes your life easier. My excitement has even rubbed off on to my co-worker who is learning new things everyday and before that never gave it a second thought. If I could have a computer for just one reason it would absolutely be for Excel!

Cons

Tough question. Maybe if I had to say something, it would be the error messages. But then again you can always turn them off!

Alternatives Considered

Google Sheets

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Excel

Google sheets is great as well but it just does not compare to excel, not even close in my opinion. But if need be, it is a decent alternative.
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Microsoft Excel FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Microsoft Excel.

Microsoft Excel offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$6.00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Microsoft Excel is available as part of Microsoft 365 subscriptions. Office 365 Personal: $6.99/month or $69.99/year Office 365 Home: $9.99/month or $99.99/year Office Home & Student 2019: $149.99 one-time Office 365 Business: $8.25/user/month (annual commitment required) Office 365 Business Premium: $12.50/user/month (annual commitment required) Office 365 Business Essentials: $5/month (annual commitment required) Users can also access the web-based version of Microsoft Excel through the free OneDrive Basic 5GB, and the $1.99/month OneDrive 100GB subscription plans.

Microsoft Excel has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

Microsoft Excel supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian

Microsoft Excel supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Microsoft Excel integrates with the following applications:

123FormBuilder, ActiveCampaign, Acuity Scheduling, Airtable, Alchemer, Any.do, Asana, Basecamp, CRM Analytics, Cascade Strategy, ClickFunnels, ClickUp, Clio, Constant Contact, Discord, Dropbox Business, Eventbrite, Evernote Teams, FastField, Firebase, Formidable Forms, Formsite, Formstack Documents, Freshdesk, GoCanvas, GoToWebinar, Google Contacts, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Forms, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Gravity Forms, HubSpot CRM, InstaPage, Instagram, Jira, Jotform, Kajabi, Knack, Landingi, LinkedIn for Business, Mailchimp, ManyChat, Microsoft 365, Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft To Do, Miro, MySQL, Ninja Forms, Notion, OneDrive, Paperform, Parserr, PayPal, Pipedrive, Pipefy, Podio, QuickBooks, RingCentral Contact Center, Shopify, Slack, Smartsheet, Squarespace, Stripe, SurveyMonkey, Todoist, Trello, Twilio, Twitter, Typeform, Unbounce, Venngage, WPForms, Wave, Webflow, Wix, WooCommerce, WordPress, Wufoo, Xero, Zapier, Zendesk Suite, Zoho Forms, Zoom Meetings, mailparser.io, monday.com

Microsoft Excel offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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